Should Iain Rennie
Pressure is mounting on Mr Rennie
after it emerged he
ignored advice from senior officials to exclude the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority boss from the press conference.
"I think it's fair to say that Iain
is deeply remorseful for the fact that he
was silly enough to hold that press conference on a joint basis - he
should have held a press conference, just not one on a joint basis."
had spent his
working career dedicated to the service of others and the public service, he
will always have on his
record now that in this particular instance, it could have been handled a lot better.
"But on the other side of the coin, do you simply say, if somebody makes one mistake like that, then that's the end of it?"
If Mr Rennie
made a similar mistake, his career would be ended, Mr Key said.
When asked why Mr Rennie
was not also publicly saying the press conference was a mistake, Mr Key told TVNZ's Breakfast show people would have to ask him that.
Mr Key told Newstalk ZB there had been "firm and frank" conversations between Mr Rennie
and Ms Bennett.
Mr Little said these new details showed Mr Rennie
was "unfit for the job".
"[Mr Rennie] accepts that it should have been handled differently ...
More importantly, he
has expressed his
regret at any hurt his
actions last Monday may have caused the woman who has come forward."
said yesterday he
had a number of advisers who gave him free and frank advice.
"I am confident this is what I received in this case.
Responsibility for all decisions rests with me," he
Pressure goes on State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie